Why Novocastrians RFC
Novocastrians Rugby Football Club, formed in 1899 & known as Novos, is a family oriented club in the heart of Newcastle. We run Youth rugby for boys & girls for all ages right up to Colts (U18). We have 4 Mens Teams in league rugby. We also run 2 Ladies teams. On top of that we have Vets & Sevens teams & regularly tour & attend Festivals locally & across the UK.
Why Sponsor Us?
By sponsoring Novos you allow us to provide youth & adult rugby for over 1000 people. Over 500 people use our facilities every week to enjoy team sport, to exercise, socialise & make new friends. Our audience is in the heart of Newcastle & gives you a reach directly into families etc. across the region.
Our Mens 1st XV plays in Durham & Northumberland 1 vs teams from across the North East & Cumbria. Our Ladies 1st XV plays in North Division 1, one level below the Ladies Premiership & has launched the careers of Katy Daly-McLean & Sarah Hunter, both England Captains.
We want to be the best amateur rugby club in the North East providing Rugby for All, Rugby for Life. We want to continuously upgrade our facilities & the services we provide in order to cater to an ever increasing audience & make Novos the Number One choice for amateur rugby in Newcastle.
On 12 September 1899 Old Novocastrians Rugby Football Club was formed by a group of former pupils of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. A letter was sent out reading ‘A proposed new club for Newcastle: A meeting will be held at the Grammar School, Rye Hill under the auspices of Old Novocastrians Club, for the purpose of forming a new rugby club. The attendance of Grammar school boys is specially required.’
Novos had many grounds until in 1925 Sir Arthur Sutherland bought Benton Lodge for the club to play rugby on and also paid for the clubhouse to be built, in 1928, which is still in use today. The ground was renamed Sutherland Park just a few years later. In the inter war years the club experienced good fortune at their new ground, with an exciting brand of 'school boy' rugby. Novos reached the Northumberland Senior Cup Final on three occasions in the 1930s but failed to win the trophy that continues to elude the club.
The club was struggling on and off the field after the club became 'open' in 1969. John Elders England (1972–74) and sports master at the Royal Grammar School combated this in the 1970s and 1980s and became a key advocate for the club, helping bring many players to Novos throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This laid the foundations for Novos to become a powerful rugby force in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The 1987-88 season saw a revolution in Community Rugby with the introduction of Leagues. Novos were in a strong position and were allocated above the Durham & Northumberland leagues into North East 2. In the first season an unbeaten record saw promotion to North East 1 where they played with mixed fortunes for six years. Whilst in North 1 East, Novos would compete with sides like Rotherham and Blaydon. 'Vos also managed to beat Newcastle Falcons (then known as Gosforth) on occasion in the fiercely contested New Year's Day games. During this golden period seven sides were fielded most Saturdays, with four sides playing at home; with a side playing at the nearby Paddy Freeman's field. A great camaraderie set over the club with vast playing numbers and a busy bar.
Novos currently play in Durham/Northumberland 1 after winning promotion from Durham/Northumberland 2 in 2013. In 2016, Novos won their first ever senior Northumberland County competition winning the Northumberland Senior Plate.